First Data Corporation and Oberthur Technologies have announced "a strategic partnership to manage and promote EMV in the United States."
The companies say their partnership will leverage Oberthur Technologies' expertise, smart cards, and Common Personalization System, along with both companies' card personalization capabilities, to deliver a robust, secure and comprehensive EMV solution. As part of the partnership, Oberthur Technologies has also become First Data’s preferred provider of EMV smart cards.
With this agreement, First Data extends its market leadership with an outstanding solution that provides card issuers with flexibility, security and control,” said Frank Bisignano, CEO, First Data.
“Oberthur Technologies’ industry-leading EMV technology and chips further strengthen our offering. The partnership reflects First Data’s determination to lead the industry in preparing for the U.S. EMV migration and provide its customers a world-class solution.”
First Data has supported EMV for more than a decade. Globally, the company has been an approved EMV transaction processor since 1999. First Data has also successfully personalized and fulfilled a number of U.S. issuers’ EMV chip card portfolios since the move to EMV in the U.S. began.